How to Connect With Other Teachers in the Social Age In the 2012 Primary Sources Survey conducted by Scholastic and The Gates Foundation, teacher respondents claimed to spend only about 4% of each day collaborating with colleagues, while 44% of teachers surveyed responded that they would like that collaboration time to increase. Traditionally, the teaching profession has been an isolating one—if you’re not spending every minute at school teaching classes, tutoring during your breaks, or covering someone else’s class, then you’re likely spending that time disciplining, administrating testing, or scrambling to the microwave to reheat leftovers during your 15-minute lunch break. In addition, as state and district mandates swing from one end of the pendulum to the other, teachers are so completely overwhelmed with trying to follow all of the rules that they are left with no time to develop themselves and their practices. Feeling isolated and crunched for time used to mean that teachers weren’t able to collaborate.
Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students Game designers understand how to make games memorable and "sticky" in the sense that, even when you aren't playing the game, you're still thinking about solving its problems and puzzles. As teachers, how might we make our projects and content as sticky as games? How can we engage kids in thoughtful learning even after they leave the classroom? Here are game designers' top five secrets and some tips on using these same game dynamics to make learning in your classroom as addictive as gaming. 1.
Cisco Announces Acquisition of Assemblage - Cisco Systems On June 27 Cisco announced the acquisition of Assemblage, a company that provides the tools and infrastructure to enable simple, one-click browser-to-browser collaboration without the need for downloads, plugins or installations. The need to use voice, video, chat and online sharing instantly is more important than ever. In an effort to support mobile workers and global teams, we want to enable new, simplified ways to communicate and collaborate easily, from any device in real-time through the cloud. Assemblage offers real-time collaboration apps for shared whiteboarding, presentation broadcasting and screensharing. Assemblage's technology integrates with popular third party cloud services and supports 40 different file types to enable quick and efficient collaboration. Bringing Assemblage's strong team of engineers with deep web development expertise to Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group will accelerate our innovation in this space.
7 Mistakes Beginner WordPress Users Make For a large number of people, WordPress is the first script that they have have installed online for the first website they have ever developed. As a result of this, WordPress beginners make a lot of basic mistakes. In this article, I would like to speak about some of the mistakes that many WordPress users make when they first start using the platform. 1. Installing WordPress in a Sub Folder Called “WordPress” 10 Best Powerpoint alternatives comparison by Powtoon No one can dispute that PowerPoint is the most popular presentation tool out there. In the Business world, Powrpoint is the absolute standard. Ever since Microsoft released PowerPoint businesses have used PowerPoint for sales presentations, idea pitches and even for webinars. Until recently there has been no real alternative to PowerPoint and a “Top 10 best PowerPoint alternatives” list was not even possible.
Learn More Our vision is simple! To provide an innovative form of professional development for educators in order to improve job satisfaction, increase workforce retention, and impact student learning. Executive Director, Edcamp Foundation and Founding Edcamp Board Member 27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate (Infographic) via MindShift Educator Mia MacMeekin made this infographic about ways to inspire students to think more deeply about how innovation applies to them. It’s a helpful way to begin a conversation about what it means to innovate, a word that sometimes seems to belong in the adult domain of business and is estranged from how students think about living their lives.
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